Phuket City Police led by Lt Col Naruebadin Pangleesen arrested Rut and Da (real names withheld) aged 14 and 17 respectively, who were both suspected of being involved in the theft of motorbikes in various parts of the island.
During the course of the arrest police seized six stolen motorbikes; four Honda Waves, one Honda Sonic, and one Honda Click.
Lt Col Naruebadin said, “The arrest of Rut and Da came after we were called to respond to a motorbike accident at the Surin Junction in Phuket Town. The victim, Rut, had crashed his motorbike and was being helped by his friend, Da, who had gone to the scene on another motorbike.
“We have been investigated several cases of motorbikes thefts in various parts of the island which are believed to have been carried out by a group of teenagers, and after making investigations we suspected Rut and Da.
“Officers who responded to the accident call reported that the two teenagers were the motorbike theft suspects we have been looking for,” he said.
“When we questioned them they admitted they had stolen stole nine motorbikes in total.
“They took us to their home where we seized a total of six stolen motorbikes. However, we are still trying to trace the remaining three stolen motorbikes which they said they had already sold to locals.
“The six seized motorbikes were stolen from Baan Mon in Patong, Moo Baan City Home in Wichit, Soi Tapakhao in Wichit, in front of a SuperCheap in Phuket Town, in front of the a Tesco Lotus store and at the Bang Ku junction in Koh Kaew.
“All motorbikes were taken to the station so that we can notify the owners.
“Rut and Da were also taken to the station to face theft and also possessing or receiving stolen item charges,” Lt Col Naruebadin.